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26 August 2021

Best Half-Year for Caravanning Industry

In the first half of the year, almost 63,000 motor caravans and caravans were newly registered in Germany. This corresponds to a growth of about 15 percent compared to the first half of the previous year. New registrations of motor caravans, which rose by over 22 percent to around 48,500 and reached an all-time high, played a special role in this record result. Caravan registrations, on the other hand, fell by 5 percent, mainly due to problems in the supply chains.

Foto: Caravaning Industrie Verband e.V. (CIVD)Foto: Caravaning Industrie Verband e.V. (CIVD)
120,000 newly registered vehicles could be reached
Caravanning as a form of holidaying continues to enjoy great and increasing popularity,
as shown by the high demand for leisure vehicles. The caravanning industry recorded
the best half-year in its history despite the Corona pandemic and contact restrictions. A
total of 62,575 motor caravans and caravans were newly registered in the first six
months. This is 14.9 per cent more than in the first half of 2020, which had already given
the industry a new all-time best. By the middle of the year, as many new leisure vehicles
were registered as in the whole of 2017 - which was a new record at the time. The
industry is mainly experiencing an influx of newcomers who are interested in a holiday
with a motor caravan or caravan for the first time, as Daniel Onggowinarso, Managing
Director of the caravanning industry association CIVD, reports: "Caravanning is one of
the safest forms of holiday in these times, as you travel individually with a leisure vehicle
and only with people from your own household and are largely self-sufficient thanks to
your own sleeping, living, cooking and sanitary facilities."

Difficult business environment in the first half-year
The development of the first half of the year is all the more remarkable as the business
environment in the first six months was rather negative, as CIVD’s Managing Director
points out: "Due to the re-increase of VAT, many customers had brought forward their
vehicle purchases into the old year. In addition, the long period of very high infection

rates and the Corona measures severely restricted sales and distribution. Thus, neither
caravanning fairs nor the in-house fairs at dealerships could take place in spring.
Potential customers, however, want to see and touch the vehicles "live". Real product
presentations speed up purchase decisions considerably. Travel restrictions at caravan
and abroad have not helped growth either."

New motor caravan registrations continue to reach new heights
The outstanding half-year result was driven by new motor caravan registrations. These
increased by 22.4 percent compared to the same period last year and reached a new
record for this period with 48,508 vehicles. Last month also delivered a top result: 9,388
new registrations are 2.6 percent more than in June 2020. The situation in the caravan
market is somewhat different. New registrations fell by 5.0 percent to 14,067 in the first
six months. The month of June was also below the previous year's figure with 3,391
vehicles (minus 5.1 percent). According to the industry association, problems in the
supply chains are primarily responsible for the decline: "The pandemic is still having a
strong impact on the availability of components and raw materials worldwide.
Manufacturers have many vehicles that are practically finished but cannot be delivered
because a certain part is missing," explains Onggowinarso. "However, we are optimistic
for the second half of the year. If the situation in production develops positively, the
mark of 120,000 newly registered vehicles could be reached for the first time at the end
of the year," says the association's managing director.

 


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